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Yemen: Armed Conflict

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss the conflict in Yemen with his Saudi Arabian counterpart. (291975)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed Yemen with His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al Faisal on a number of occasions, most recently earlier this month. The UK and Saudi Arabia are both committed to supporting the Government of Yemen in addressing the difficult challenges they face, including the conflict in the Northern region of Sa’dah.

We have welcomed the commitment by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to work with the UN to facilitate the safe passage of emergency relief supplies to the internally displaced persons in Northern Yemen. The UK will provide £2 million of additional humanitarian aid to the situation.

I will continue to discuss the situation in Yemen with His Royal Highness as and when the opportunity arises, and my officials will remain in regular contact with their Saudi counterparts.